Former Ranger resident battling rare PG skin disease

(courtesy of Tommy Wells)

Former Ranger resident, Joe Nash, son of Jim and the late Phyllis Nash of Ranger, broke his spine in a farm-related accident in 2008 and subsequently found he was battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). He figured he had found his battle to fight. Now, nine years later, he may have found an even tougher one.

He was diagnosed with a rare form of Atypical Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG) by physicians at New Orleans' Tulane Medical Center a few weeks ago.  The disease, which is closely related to a form of flesh-eating bacteria, affects only 39 other people in the United States. The disease has affected Nash in multiple sites on and in his body.

"It is a scary situation," said Nash, a 1986 graduate of Ranger High School and a former employee at Ranger College. "You know, you just can't take life for granted because you don't know what will happen tomorrow.”

Despite his condition Nash says he leans on support from family, his wife, Melinda and friends. But, most of all, a deep belief in God.

He added: ”I hope that Tulane Medical Center is able to use what they learn in treating me to help someone else in the future so that they may not have to endure the same thing.”

A GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses has been created for Joe and Melinda.

(Please see next edition of Eastland County Today for more …..)

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